The release of their Static Caravan mini-album 'U_nderscore' saw rapturous praise for d_rradio coming from all sides, as well as a place in the Peel Record Box and an unfortunately never-recorded Peel Session. Its slow-motion melancholy and life-affirming other-worldliness struck a chord amongst the hearts of dreamers the world over and the reviews all agreed, 'U_nderscore' was a rather beautiful record. What then for d_rradio? A nine month honing of their live show led to a debut at Version Festival alongside names such as Autechre, Khonnor and Tunng, and a further six months writing and recording produced a new, even more vibrant collection of their self-described, self-prescribed medicinal music.
This 7" is the first in a Distraction series of three and marks d_rradio's return to official releases with an uplifting bang. Broken backbeats, wasted piano and heart-wrenching strings ease us into 'Born' until a delightfully naive voice begins to talk us through the creation of everything - spoken word has never sounded so therapeutic. Flip over (there is no a & b-side indicated) and 'Come To Light' takes a more up-tempo and even more uplifting approach. Whirrs and clicks merge with emotive string arrangements, while shuffling electronics and cut-up guitars carry themselves jubilantly over fractured house rhythms, leaving even the most cynical of such celebratory hymns smiling from ear to ear.
''We want to make people feel good, lift spirits.'' - d_rradio, Autre Directions interview.
Another thing that's clear is d_rradio seem reluctant to re-tread old ground and if these singles are a precursor to the bands next full-length album, it will have been well worth the wait. True to their word, broadcasting from oblivion, d_rradio bring us the first instalment of their most ecstatic transmission yet.